Production: 
Opus Film, Family Affair Films
Director: 
Urszula Antoniak
Screenplay: 
Urszula Antoniak
Cinematography: 
Lennert Hillege
Scenography: 
Miren Oller, Katarzyna Jędrzejczyk
Costumes: 
Paulina Sieniarska
Sound: 
Mirosław Makowski, Jan Schermer, Maciej Pawłowski
Production Manager: 
Aleksandra Skraba
Co-producers: 
Floor Onrust
Producers: 
Łukasz Dzięcioł, Piotr Dzięcioł
Cast: 
Jakub Gierszał, Andrzej Chyra, Christian Löber, Justyna Wasilewska

STORY

 

Beyond Words centres on a handsome young lawyer working for a firm that takes on refugee cases. Though he looks German and speaks the language fluently, Michael (Jakub Gierszal) is himself an immigrant, from Poland, who assimilated over the years. As he reflects on whether he wants to take on the refugee-status case of a Black poet, Michael's long-lost father — whom he has never seen and presumed was dead — arrives on his doorstep. Over the course of a weekend, the two make awkward attempts to establish some form of connection. Memories and false starts conflict with his father's need to communicate something essential to his son. What complicates matters even more is that the formality and "correctness" of Michael's mien is the antithesis of his father's rather ragged and disorganized personality. Antoniak does a magnificent job of probing the depths of this unexpected relationship.

AWARDS

 
Best Cinematography - 42. FPFF Gdynia, 2017
Best Sound - 42.FPFF Gdynia, 2017
Ecumenical Jury Award - Warsaw Film Festival, 2017

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